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that is it for this week's edition of the journal editorial report. thanks to my panel and all of you for watching. i'm stuart varney, paul is back next week and hope to see you next week and hope to see you then. captioned by closed captioning services, inc. >> on fox news watch, sarah palin grabbing the media spotlight this week, delivering her message here and there. pretty much everywhere. and giving the liberal media another chance to take a swipe at the former alaskan governor. why so bitter? >> it is a great honor to be in tokyo. >> jon: following his jet setti setting diplomacy tour. with the missteps and lack of progress has media support for him ended as well. news about mammograms and cervical cancer testing made headlines. did the media coverage report the facts or muddy the message? and fox news gets the green light for a sit-down with the president, really. >> mr. president the fox news
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channel is very happy to see you good to see you. >> and the interview makes news, really. >> on the panel this week,writer and fox news contributor judy miller. head of the national review rich lawrie. jim pinkerton fellow new america foundation, and columnist elliss. and i'm jon scott. fox news watch is on right now. in case you haven't heard, sarah palin's new book, "going rogue" hit book stores this week. she made the rounds talking with a select media heavy weights, oprah, barbara walters, sean hannity and gretta van susteren and not everybody including a columnist thought she deserved this attention. >> she's a joke. got serious problems in the country. >> and the sour notes didn't end there. most of the negative views coming from left leaning media
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groups. our fox news dynamic poll asked whether or not she's treated fairly by the press. >> 31% think she's being treated fairly. whopping 61% think she is not being treated fairly. or treated, unfairly i guess i should say. why is she still a lightning rod? >> david brooks isn't a liberal, but his attitude captures the elite media towards sarah palin, ut it's undisguised contempt, she hits the hot button. she's got red state more rays and likes hunting and fishes and on and on and on and the beauty of this, what this demonstrates to me there is justice in the universe, the more they show hatred the more her fans are cemented to her and more of them are going out and buying her book and god bless them.
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>> jon: it's not even her fans, that poll was just a random sample of americans, 61% say she's being treated unfairly. >> well, the issue of sexism continues to be an issue when it comes to sarah palin. and as rich lawrie, as you wrote, the most divisive person in america. i think the most divisive woman in america, the fact that she's a woman, she continues to be out there, clearly rankles people more than it would others. so, somebody actually called her in print this week nixon without the intelligence and the experience. and that's, you know, i think it's pretty harsh. we've-- she's really continuing to take a beating. >> jon: you're former colleague of david brooks, what about that comment of his, and the thought that she is sort of catnip to those on the left and the right. >> exactly, because i think that she has split republicans. i mean, that's what's interesting about her is mccainites have been-- >> this is a fox news alert.
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rick fulbaum in new york. harry reed has gotten his votes for a vote need today move the debate on health care reform in the senate forward. on the right-hand side of your screen is the senator from the state of arkansas blanch lincoln, she was the last remaining democratic holdout needed to get to that 60-vote mark and during her address, which she is delivering right now on the floor of the united states senate, senator lincoln says that it's time to begin the debate and it's not time to walk away. she says she is not afraid of the debate over health care reform. she says she is against the so-called public option, the government-run option that is the center piece of the piece of legislation that is currently on the floor of the senate, even though she's against that piece of the legislation, she says, it will not stop her from voting wre, yes, along with the rest of her democratic colleagues in helping to move this process one step forward. this is not a vote on the actual
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health care reform bill itself, but rather, a procedural vote that's an important step in the process, it allows the senate a majority leader reid to bring this to debate. with the yes vote of senator lincoln from arkansas, the 60 vote threshold has been reached. and the vote will be taken at eight o'clock eastern time and for now, senator reid can listen to the remainder of his colleagues speak as they have been doing all afternoon knowing he has the 60 votes he needed. we'll continue to follow this story for you, rick fulbaum, plenty more coming up. and we'll go back to fox news watch and already in progress. >> i don't think you're getting agreement from jeanie on that one. >> he remind me of a soap opera character and levy johnson character whether or not he's
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going to thanksgiving dinner and another episode of "as the world turns." . she was on the stage for about 24 hours, all she had done is given her announcement speech in ohio. and she was deluged with contempt and lies against her, she had a center of right record. pragmatist with bipartisan in alaska and the media hatred that made her into this lightning rod. good for her defending her reputation and pushing back. >> i love her as a cultural icon. i'd like her to be the nominee. this notion that we in the media need to go easy on our nam political-- come on you all are complaining. >> back checking the book and-- >> did they back check biden's book and obama's book. >> they ought to fact check-- >> you can't send a selective, 11 fact checkers for a book when they didn't fact any other book, what is it about sarah palin snfrnlt don't be against fact checking. >> i'm not.
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>> you're not in favor of selective fact checking? >> check any fact that's called into question. they didn't do it for the other books, didn't check any of them until her book. >> they should check them all. >> mark my words, oprah winfrey leaves her show in 2011 and sarah palin will fill that space and do you think the media wants her to run? no they don't want her to run i don't think she wants to run. judy's mention of her as soap opera. she's laughing all the way to the back. >> soap opera's sell. it appeals to a narrow niche of america. >> when you do $300,000 in sales the first day that's a big niche. >> almost what is it 1/10 of 1% of america. >> it's a lot of people. >> she's on oprah, she was oprah's hottest show. >> and barbara walters, she played it shrewdly. >> how do i get such a niche.
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i'll buy the book. >> all palin, all the time. >> and i had better be accurate on a media criticism show, levy johnson the father of sarah palin's grand ssograndson, i gud granddaughter before. grandson. lots of extras available and including some of the discussions that erupt during our break. you can hear the rest of the show at foxnews.com/fox news watch. and the president's trip abroad. >> president obama grabs attention in asia. battling issues and taking a bow, but has his favorite status with the press gotten lost with the baggage? and it's true, mr. obama gives fox news a one-on-one and it's making news. details next on news watch. ugcl)
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>> president obama spent most of his week on the tour of asia meeting with dignataries in four nations and some of the headlines didn't indicate too much news or success being made. in fact, most of the headlines were being made back home. in fact, jim, if you take a look at the biggest headline coming while mr. obama was overseas he was already in japan and on friday, a week ago, here comes his attorney general eric holder to say we're going to prosecute these five guantanamo bay suspects in the united states. now, some say the white house was trying to bury that because the press core was travelling with the president. they didn't think it'd get the coverage or controversy that it received. >> i think it's fair to say that they miscalculated the negative reaction, aka, the deluge that came against holder, but look, i think that the fact that the press is now kind of on to obama was illustrated by the fact that the obama administration felt they had to bring out the republican ambassador to china.
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i mean, the former governor of utah, john huntsman to complain about the press conference. you're not giving due deference to the important ribbons that obama cut with the chinese. >> there was the announcement that he made as he got ready to jump on the plane he was going to hold a jobs summit. this after it came out that unemployment is what, 10.2% now. uncomfortable news and you do anything you can as a politician to bury it. to me what was disappointing about the coverage, it didn't have a lot of discussion how it is when we see our banker, always an uncomfortable situation, and silly stuff, it was the bowing and the political hits back and forth and i wish we had a discussion about the other stuff. >> symbolism did matter. the bowing did offend a lot of people. >> i find it offensive. i believe it's defense against small r republican manners for any president of the united states to bow to a foreign potentate. this is a classic narrative story, nixon can do it, it's not
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a big deal. obama does it because the idea is out there justifiably in my mind that he's a weakling abroad and that he has an overly semisive attitude towards foreign countries and that's why it was exploded and kudos to the blogs spear sphere on this way before the mainstream. >> should the president highlight things about the trip or not enough to highlight. >> there are a few concrete highlights alas and that's why we have the continuation of this narrative. biography is diplomacy. we have obama talking about licking ice cream in japan and his mother's great work in indonesia and all the other things that he has done to quote, connect with people and when asked about those accomplishments, axlerod, david axlerod said he's knocking down the notion that america doesn't connect with the rest of the world. given the fact that you're talking to china, which is 14% of u.s. trade, and that's all
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you can point to, that's not a great record. >> the chinese didn't exactly treat him like the rock star, often gets that treatment in this country. is the bloom off the rose? >> i think it is, steve clemens who runs the blog, although washington noted a little while ago had a picture of secretary gates not obama, gates, reaching out his hand to some chinese general and the general sort of like this, you know, i'm not going to shake your hand. i'm not sure they did eventually, but the body language was unmistakable and that was, i think, just indicative where the press is they realize it's the g-2 not the g8, g-2, u.s. and china with china frankly on the rise. >> i don't know, does the coverage hurt u.s. interests here, elliss? >> well, you know, listen it'd be great if you were able to go there and point to terrific achievements. i wish the coverage had actual discussion on some issues, our banker relationship, human rights stuff and censorship questions and those are whether anything is accomplished or not.
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>> you worked in administration, is it because his people didn't lay the proper groundwork to come up with big achievements? >> and you always have something in the bank to announce, if you don't you get blown away by little stories which didn't really happen, auditing the fed, the ron paul bill. if that happened under bush, everybody in china would have said president bush what do you think is going on back in washington about ron paul or greg craig or eric holder. as it was, there was, as judy was saying, there's a lot of polite. tell us how you like the ice cream. >> after another break. we'll tell us how the media and medicine mix. when it comes to women and their health did the press mangle the messages? >> new recommendations about when to get a mammogram, making headlines. but have the media muddled the message? and president obama sits down with fox news. has the cold war of words ended? >> thank you. >> answers next on news watch.
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>> big medical news this week for women. first a government panel announced new guidelines on mammograms, recommending most women not begin getting that procedure until the age 50 instead of 40 and saying that breast self-exams for cancer are not necessary. that news led to controversy and confusion for women and their doctors. take a look at some of the headlines from "the washington post," mammograms and politics. for health care it's simple, mammograms save lives and cancer advice, policies at oddsment white house gives task force guidelines the cold shoulder and that's not all. later in the week came the word that young women didn't need to
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take pap tests to screen for cervical cancer until at least age 21. many women do not need to be screened annually either, according to that study. what about it, judy, did the press muddy the waters on the issues here or help layout what the government is now saying? >> i think the press did a fairly good job in laying out the recommendations of this panel, which are clearly, clearly incendiary. the statistics simply don't mesh with what women have been told, which is you've got to take preventive action, if you catch things early you may be able to-- the statistics are very clear, we have been overtesting, they don't save lives, there's no justification for it, but this message coming at this time when we're thinking of these huge changes in insurance and medical care reform are bound to create a firestorm and they have. >> should the timing of it have been changed, jim? i mean, if judy is right about that?
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>> i think in some small ways the people behind this study thought they were helping obama care, they thought there's too much medical coverage and there's, the dartmouth study says one third of all coverage, too much testing for everything, that's the argument the left makes on this and these people thought they were going to help. what they didn't count on though was that abc news would lead with the story two nights running and clobber it and the people like robin roberts of abc, a breast cancer survivor would pummel it and therefore they had to withdraw within three days. >> let's talk a little bit, rich, how the embargo process works because these stories were em bourgeaued for release on tuesday. the media get them ahead of time, they get a look at what's in them and they get a sort of lay the groundwork for this coverage? >> that's a helpful thing, these are technical studies and gives the press time to digest them and understand what they're about, but i agree with judy and jim, two things drove the critical tidal waves against this. one, a lot of women reporters writing in very personal and
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powerful terms about this and what this meant in their lives, and two, the health care debate prism through which this was viewed because eventually, i think this panel is more inknock lus and a lot of people have betrayed it. eventually you could have these sort of task forces making these decisions effectively for everyone in the scary. >> another big item this week. 787 billion dollars stimulus plan. thanks to shoe leather reported looks like 70,000 of the created or saved jobs listed on recovery.gov, those are bogus. here is what the boston globe found about jobs created in its state. while they collectedly reported 12,374 jobs saved or created, a globe review shows that number is wildly he can ago rated. claims jobs for work that has not yet started.
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elliss, shoe leather reporting? >> a terrific example, this is, jon, why we need robust local newspapers across america. if the globe and other papers aren't doing this stuff nobody is going to and the staffs are shrinking and press is in danger. >> and the administration was somewhat embarrassed by all of the figures and probably a good thing. >> they were embarrassed, but as the media research center pointed out, the morning shows gave the story exactly 21 seconds. they'll get over because the media aren't going to turn this into another watergate. >> jon: all right, time for another break, is there a thaw in the war between the white house and fox news? >> fox news talks with president obama and that makes more news than the other. who is asking all the right questions? questions? that's next on news watch. captioned by closed captioning services, inc.
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president obama is in communist china right now. he held a townhall meeting and talked about freedom of speech and unrestricted access to the internet. you can imagine the chinese authorities, i don't think they liked his speech. here is how it was broadcast on chinese television. >> i am a big believer in technology and openness when it comes to the flow of information. then citizens can hold their own governments accountable. they can begin to think for themselves. >> late night humor during his trip to asia. cartoonist from detroit free
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press, she says can we ask the president, mr. obama about his comments about free flow information? depends, are you with fox news. we told you before this relationship between fox news and white house has been chilly. outgoing white house communication tried to freeze it out saying that fox is not a legitimate news organization. now it shows that the ice may be falling. he sat down with major garret for an interview and when he discussed the stimulus it also made news in many news organizations including the "new york times," washington post and los angeles times reported on it. we sometimes criticize our media brother, but we thank them for their support in not letting the white house have its way on this one. that is a wrap on news

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